£800k fund for youth volunteering

Youth volunteering in Wales is to receive an £800,000 boost thanks to a grants package approved by the Welsh Government Assembly.

The funding, announced by the social justice minister Brian Gibbons, will be used to support and encourage youth volunteering opportunities across Wales, particularly in disadvantaged and minority communities.

“There are many great examples of young people making a positive contribution to their communities within the fields of sport, caring for others and looking after the environment,” Gibbons said. “In turn, young people can get enormous satisfaction from volunteering. It gives them the opportunity to do something different and worthwhile which is why we are keen to support them.”

Wales Council for Voluntary Action will administer the £60,000 small grants fund designed to support international volunteering and the £130,000 fund to encourage young people who don’t traditionally volunteer to get involved.

The package also includes measures that had already been announced by the Welsh Assembly Government: £410,000 to employ a youth volunteer advisor in each local authority and promote volunteering opportunities in each district; £180,000 towards the Millennium Volunteers, an organisation that encourages young people (16-25 year olds) to take part in volunteer projects in their local area; and £20,000 will fund Prince's Trust development awards.

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